Registered Nurse- Psychiatric-Medical Emergency


  • Baltimore, MD
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 2 months ago
Under general supervision, provides direct patient care to assigned psychiatric and/or Emergency Department (Adult and Pediatric) patients. The RN collaborates with other members of the health team, delegates appropriately to support staff and directs care to assure the patient's care needs are met. The RN's actions and attitudes will promote and support the hospital's mission and core values. The RN must stay current with standards of practice through ongoing education relevant to nursing, such as the Nurse Practice Act.


Associate Degree from an accredited School of Nursing required; BSN preferred.

RN with National Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse encouraged to apply.


· Two to three years of psychiatric nursing experience

· Ability to care for low emergent medical acuity, and comprehensive psychiatric patients in an Emergency Department setting.


· Interpersonal communication (oral and written) skills required in order to educate and comfort patients and their families, maintain effective contacts with a variety of hospital personnel, and maintain appropriate documentation records.

· Proficiency in developing nursing plan of care, implementing effective nursing care, and evaluating outcome of nursing intervention.

· Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients.


· Apply professional nursing care principles and procedures in the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, and/or low acuity emergent medical patients.

· Develop interpersonal therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients.

· Keep accurate written charts and records of patient activities and progress.

· Comply with laws, rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures.

· Use professional judgment to ascertain and to apply appropriate intervention techniques with patients in crisis. To include de-escalation techniques.

· Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals and function calmly in situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.

· Provide prompt, efficient, and responsive service.

· Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.

· Communicate effectively orally and in writing.


· Professional nursing principles, procedures, and techniques used in the care and treatment of psychiatric and/or low acuity emergent medical patients.

· Social, psychological, and physical factors of mental and emotional disorders.

· Medical and psychological terminology.

· Medications, including psychotropic drugs, and effects on psychiatric patients.

· Control, preparation and administration of medications.

· State of Maryland laws and regulations for the nursing profession.

· Regulations pertaining to psychiatric nursing and the treatment of the mentally and emotionally disturbed patients.

· Theories, principles, and techniques of group and individual psychotherapy.

· Symptoms and behavior patterns of emotionally disturbed mentally ill patients to include substance abuse, withdrawal, detoxification.

· Medical and psychiatric emergency procedures.

· Basic computer programs.

Licensures, Certifications

· Current registration with the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses as a Registered Nurse.

· Completion of "Healthcare Provider" CPR course, bi-annually.

· ACLS and PALS preferred, but can be obtained within probationary period.

Physical Requirements

· Ability to stand and walk almost constantly up to ninety percent (90%) of work time, and lifting and positioning patients up to fifty percent (50%) of work time.

· Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail, often in stressful situations.

Working Conditions

· Normal patient care environment with possible exposure to excessive noise, dust, temperature.

· Exposed to adverse working conditions due to performance of patient care activities and exposure to communicable diseases.

· Potential exposure to contagious diseases, bio -hazardous wastes and hazardous wastes

Conditions of Employment

· Maintain current licensure and certifications.